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The Bahrain F1 test as it happened

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The Bahrain F1 test as it happened

By: Haydn Cobb, Jake Boxall-Legge, Megan White, James Newbold



  1. Magnussen, Haas, 1m33.207s, C4, 60 laps*
  2. Sainz, Ferrari, 1m33.532s, C4, 60
  3. Verstappen, Red Bull, 1m34.011s, C4, 86
  4. Stroll, Aston Martin, 1m34.064s, C4, 70
  5. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m34.141s, C5, 47
  6. Ocon, Alpine, 1m34.276s, C4, 111
  7. Leclerc, Ferrari, 1m34.366s, C3, 54
  8. Norris, McLaren, 1m34.609s, C3, 60
  9. Vettel, Aston Martin, 1m36.020s, C3, 46
  10. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, 1m36.802s, C3, 120
  11. Bottas, Alfa Romeo, 1m36.987s, C2, 25
  12. Schumacher, Haas, 1m37.846s, C2, 23
  13. Russell, Mercedes, 1m38.585s, C2 proto, 67
  14. Latifi, Williams, 1m39.845s, C2 proto, 12
  15. Zhou, Alfa Romeo, 1m41.805s, C2 proto, 48
*Given one-hour extra session as part of Haas additional track time for missing Thursday morning.
  • Ocon tops morning session after Latifi's Williams suffers rear brake fire which causes red flag
  • Session ended early after Bottas's Alfa Romeo stopped on track
  • Ocon triggers mid-afternoon red flag when his Alpine stops on track, shortly followed by another red flag for Norris
  • Ricciardo missing for McLaren due to illness
Status: Stopped
With that we'll wrap up this live text coverage on Day 2 of the Bahrain F1 pre-season test, safe in the knowledge we get to do it all over again tomorrow! Don't forget to return bright and early for the 7am GMT start tomorrow for the final day of 2022 F1 pre-season testing. Bye bye!
It is somewhat amusing that the fastest overall time wasn't seen by the vast majority given the non-stop coverage of the Bahrain F1 test but here we are. It is only testing after all and if Magnussen and Haas remain P1 for the Bahrain GP next weekend, well, we are in for one heck of a season.
And that is finally that. Magnussen finishes his extra hour for Haas with the top time of the day, a 1m33.207s, with 60 laps to his name this afternoon. Not a bad way to make your F1 comeback.
The Dane is still on track on the softs but he hasn't threatened to beat his own top time yet. Maybe that was enough of a warning to the rest...
That's one way to mark your return to F1, go quickest on an empty track after everyone has written their end of day test reports. Bravo, Haas and Magnussen.
Hold the front page! Magnussen has gone quickest overall with a 1m33.207s.
Magnussen improves again for Haas, still on the C3s, with a 1m34.437s but stays seventh overall.
Magnussen, in his exclusive track running, has improved on his personal best with a 1m34.532s to go seventh fastest overall.

Here's a full recap on the Day 2 action at the Bahrain F1 test:

Magnussen is duly out on track, on C3s, to start the extra hour of running Haas has been granted for this evening. The Danish driver will have the freedom of the Bahrain circuit to himself, which must be nice.
Sainz tops the official end for today's testing with a 1m33.532s, to cap another very strong showing from Ferrari. Just one more day to go and then that'll be it for pre-season testing!

The red flag is out to end Day 2 of the Bahrain test - except for Haas that has been permitted an extra hour of running this evening after missing Thursday morning due to freight delays.

Verstappen pits after a couple laps while Sainz completes a practice pitstop which provides a pretty low key end to today's action.
Stroll is wheeled back into the Aston Martin garage while there isn't really a rolling restart as Sainz and Verstappen continue as normal. Hmm.
Or not, as Stroll comes to a halt at the end of the pitlane and the Aston Martin mechanics go sprinting after him.
Oh, this time it'll be a rolling start, what fun. Sainz, Verstappen and Stroll have opted to join in.

What this also means is in terms of the outright lap times that's your lot, so Sainz will end Day 2 quickest. Ferrari also topped Day 2 at the Barcelona test with Leclerc to create some nice symmetry.

So, if this follows the same procedure as this morning there will be a practice standing start on the grid shortly.